Who we are
Chrystal Children’s Center has been saving lives since April of 2016. Over the past three years, our dedicated team has rescued 170 abandoned, neglected, abused, or HIV/AIDS positive newborns, toddlers, and children, coming from extreme poverty or perilous environments. Approximately 130 of these children have been successfully reintegrated into a safe environment, resettled back with their family, or received an educational sponsorship.
Our vision is to ensure that no child suffers or perishes from neglect, abuse, or deprivation, but is brought up in a caring, nurturing home and given the opportunity to reach his or her full potential.
We strive to create a loving, temporary home and supportive environment for the safety and development of every vulnerable child joining our family, until we can resettle them back with their parents or reintegrate them into a safe community.
We provide emergency rescue, protective and medical care, basic necessities, and the opportunity to receive an education. The center cares for children between the ages of newborn to 7, suffering from abandonment, neglect, abuse, and HIV/AIDS, as well as children with special needs and orphans.
Chrystal Children’s Center is committed to ensuring each child has:
1. The right to live.
2. The right to grow.
3. The right to participate in personal development through education and play.
4. The right to participate in planning for his or her future.
David and Marion Kibalama, Co-founders
Both originally from Kampala, Uganda, David and Marion are married and have 5 children of their own. David studied Network Administration at Makerere University and also has experience with social skills training of administration. He and Marion have worked with several humanitarian and volunteer organizations, and are the founders of Volunteers 2 Uganda, an organization which places volunteers in the local community.
Having been raised underprivileged and without access to all human rights a child should receive, David and Marion shared a passion to help underprivileged children. Their desire is to never see a child experience a life in which they are not able to thrive. Through hard work and determination, they dedicated their love and savings to their shared dream and in 2016, founded Chrystal Children’s Center. The opening of the center was a dream come true for them and with the support of their friend Chrystal and her family, they were now geared up to help more children by giving them a place to call home. The center provides an opportunity to not only change individual lives, but also impact the entire nation of Uganda by restoring joy and hope to some of its most vulnerable children. David and Marion truly enjoy rescuing and rehabilitating children, and seeing these smallest members of society grow and thrive. Each year, they have never stopped glorifying God for every life saved.
Chrystal Honsaker, Co-founder
A native Pennsylvanian, Chrystal grew up in a small town on a family owned and operated dairy farm. She developed a love for travel in her youth on cross country road trips with her family, and continued to explore this fondness of foreign lands well into her adulthood. Throughout her life, Chrystal developed a deep love for charitable work, volunteering for numerous nonprofit organizations, community service agencies, and local sports programs. Inspired by a visit to a Zimbabwe orphanage on her first trip to Africa, she decided to combine her passion for exotic places with helping others. In 2014, Chrystal returned to Africa to volunteer at an autism center in Entebbe, Uganda, which planted the seeds for what is now Chrystal Children’s Center.
The desire to help others guided Chrystal’s career path as well, as she received a Master’s degree in Youth and Family Education from The Pennsylvania State University, and later studied Behavior Analysis at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and licensed in the state of Hawaii, where she currently resides and practices. Chrystal is an avid volleyball player, enjoys documenting her life through creative endeavors, and continues to experience as much of the world as possible, one country at a time.
“There can be no greater gift than that of giving one’s time and energy to helping others without expecting anything in return.” -Nelson Mandela
After having trained as a Biomedical Scientist, Agnes worked as a microbiologist at Galaxo Smith Kline in the UK. She joined the V2U team, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience from the health and education sectors, as well as her own cross-cultural upbringing. She has been working with St John’s Ambulance since 2018, providing medical assistance, as well as food and clothing to Brighton’s homeless community.
Agnes was touched by the heart, courage, and generosity displayed at Chrystal’s orphanage by the children and staff during her 2019 visit. In the light of these experiences, she is excited and deeply honoured to accept a position as the UK’s ambassador to Chrystal Children’s Center and will be working to share the lived experiences of the children and staff with the wider community, and raising support for the essential day-to-day work performed there.